Rupert Scofield | University of Roehampton Honorary Degree Acceptance Speech
In March 2013, the University of Roehampton in London recognized the achievements of Rupert Scofield for his work serving low-income women and men as President and CEO of FINCA International. The University presented Rupert with an honorary degree as a Doctor of Laws.
Last month, we introduced you to FINCA's partner WildHearts. Well, this month, they’ve just returned from visits with clients in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, and they’ve generously shared these videos and client stories with us. By watching and reading them, you'll learn the personal stories of some of our clients, and how FINCA's making an impact in their lives.
Support from WildHearts allows us to increase the amount of loan capital we can lend to clients. We're grateful for their support, and for generously producing these great stories, so we can share them with you!
Credit Suisse Supports FINCA's Network-wide Training Goals
Credit Suisse's generous support of the FINCA Development Academy (FDA) is making it possible for mid-level managers in Malawi and across the network to receive training that will not only improve service to clients, but provide them with the skills to advance within the FINCA Network.
Credit Suisse, a long-time supporter of FINCA's work, sent a video crew to Malawi to document the program, and has provided us with a brilliant overview of the impact of FINCA's small loans in this most challenging environment, as well as an up-close look at the positive impact this type of training is providing for our staff.
"FINCA Mexico: Stories of hope," featuring Natalie Portman
“FINCA Mexico: Stories of Hope” is a moving new documentary featuring Golden Globe Award winner Natalie Portman—FINCA’s Ambassador of Hope—visiting clients of the FINCA program in Mexico to learn of their struggles, triumphs, and determination to craft a better future for their families. The film was directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary director Juan Carlos Rulfo. Ms. Portman, who also serves as a co-chair of the Village Banking Campaign, created the film to offer FINCA supporters a more in-depth view of a program in action and open a window into the daily lives of FINCA clients.
Don’t miss her Web diaries below in which she talks about her trip to Mexico and shares her views about the power of microfinance to change lives.
In this interview, FINCA's Chairman of the Board Bob Hatch shares how his graduate education prepared him to help guide FINCA to becoming one of the world's leading microfinance networks.
We're sure you'll enjoy viewing FINCA's Chairman of the Board Bob Hatch as he's interviewed for his alma mater, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. The brother of FINCA Founder John Hatch, Bob has been a key driving force behind FINCA's success since its inception in 1985. In this interview, he shares how his graduate education prepared him to help guide FINCA to becoming one of the world's leading microfinance networks. He also tells the story of his favorite client, Alice Asiimwe of Uganda.
How did FINCA become one of the world’s leading microfinance organizations?
Three-part video series provides all the answers
Part #1: Why every charity needs a Natalie Portman?
FINCA President and CEO Rupert Scofield shares the lessons he’s learned over the past 25 years with the UK’s Telegraph, talking about what it takes to turn a small idea into a thriving, poverty-alleviation organization. In the first of a three-part series, he reveals the basics of building a charity: "The first big golden rule is to get your hands dirty...you have to have the poverty experience..."
In the first of a three-part series, he reveals the basics of building a charity:
"The first big golden rule is to get your hands dirty...you have to have the poverty experience..."
A DONOR'S PERSPECTIVE - Watch Village Banking in action in a short video by Mike Green
In this engaging 6 min. video, Canadian donors Mike and Jacquie Green will show you how FINCA Village banks are transforming the lives of thousands of poor women entrepreneurs in Uganda.
After what they saw in that trip to Africa, Mike and Jacquie become devoted supporters of FINCA and the work it is doing to help alleviate poverty around the world. In 2006, Mike was invited to become an official member of the Board of FINCA International. And in 2008, Jacquie was selected as the first Director of FINCA Canada.
A Message from Natalie Portman - FINCA Ambassador of Hope
FINCA's Ambassador of Hope Natalie Portman shows how FINCA helps mothers improve the lives of their families and create a better future for their children. FINCA changes lives one woman, one family, one community at a time.
Jacquie Green, FINCA Canada Board Member and long time supporter, recently traveled to Guatemala to meet FINCA Guatemala clients and staff. She shares in this short video how FINCA helps entrepreneurial women make their way out of poverty.
" ...it works because of FINCA Donors. People are committed to donating, so that capital can be loaned and re-paid, and re-loaned and re-paid over and over again. It's clear it's making up all the difference in the lives of people in poverty who want to work, want to achieve, and want better lives for their families!"
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honors FINCA on its 25th anniversary of "providing life-changing financial services in the poorest corners of the world" and cites the importance of microfinance in promoting financial inclusion, which she calls "an important trend in an era of economic instability and entrenched poverty."
Secretary Clinton congratulates FINCA's Ambassador of Hope Natalie Portman and long-time FINCA supporter Soledad Hurst for their work on behalf of FINCA's "commitment to a world where financial inclusion is a reality and every person is free to live up to their God-given potential."
"I’m so proud to serve with FINCA in helping impoverished women become self-sustaining. There is no better gift than giving women living in poverty the ability to provide for themselves and their families. When people donate to FINCA’s Lend A Hand campaign, they are allowing a mother to have peace of mind that her children are fed, safe, and being given a chance at a better life."
"There are so many women in the world who are less fortunate, and struggling to provide for their families. FINCA is working tirelessly to help give these women a hand up, so that they are able to take care of their families and break free of poverty. Through this campaign, we hope to educate people about Lend A Hand, and show how a small loan can change the lives of so many women living in poverty—and better the lives of their children."
Zoe Saldana Supports FINCA's Hand Up for Haiti Campaign
FINCA supporter and Village Banking advocate Zoe Saldana has seen firsthand how small loans are helping 8,000 hard-working Haitian women rebuild their families' lives after last year's devastating earthquake.
In her message, she shares how FINCA loans help Haitian women harness their creativity, resourcefulness and determination to work their way out of poverty and support Haiti's recovery.
more... (back to top) Hear directly from some of the FINCA clients who benefit from your support and our work! These are the real Voices of Hope -- the voices of people who have worked hard, against great odds, and created something powerful in the midst of poverty.